Get to know… Ennio Marchetto

Ennio Marchetto

Ennio Marchetto as Lady Gaga

Ennio Marchetto is the original quick change artist, revolutionising the art of origami into theatrical magic. Rooted in a deep history of commedia dell arte, Ennio is a born and bred Venetian. Before bursting on to the scene in the 1980s, Ennio used to make extravagant costumes for the Venice Carnivale and was a master mask maker. Since the creation of his spectacular theatre show, Ennio has won multiple awards and nominations including The Golden Lion, Drama Desk and The Olivier as well as appearing on The Royal Variety Show and touring 60 countries worldwide.

Ennio is performing at Southbank Centre from 11 December with a special Christmas show. As well as bringing old favourites like Santa Claus and Mona Lisa, he introduces new characters to the stage, morphing from Susan Boyle to Lady Gaga and from Take That to Michael Jackson – no celebrity is safe!

Watch The Trailer

Read our Interview

What do you fear the most?
I’m scared of stalkers.. I’ve had a few.. in Japan and in Germany.

Which mobile number do you call the most?
My mum’s

What – or where – is perfection?
Perfection does not exist, but I do my best on stage…

Who is your favourite hero from fiction – and why?
Wonder Woman, I love her character.. she’s in the show too!

What’s your favourite ritual?
Doing my make-up before the show is like a ritual to me, but going through my garden every time I come home after a tour is my favourite ritual.

Which living person do you most admire – and why?
Piet Oudolf, a dutch garden designer who invented the new perennial movement.

What other talent or skill would you like to possess?
Patience!

What’s your favourite website?
YouTube, I love to watch old recordings of singers and it is a great help for me when I’m working on new characters for the show.

If you could programme your ideal Southbank Centre show, which artists (living or dead) would you bring together?
Lady Gaga and Freddie Mercury

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
I need some more time to find out! You’re never too old to learn, I suppose.

What is the most played piece of music on your MP3 player or in your CD collection?
The best of Eartha Kitt.

Tell us about a special memory you have of Southbank Centre.
The first London International Mime Festival, about 18 years ago. My first time in front of a large London audience… and the show CD stopped while performing Edith Piaf. The audience thought it was part of the show, but I was just standing there, like little Piaf for a few minutes. It became more and more hilarious… both for the audience and for me.

Into The Hoods: Production Photos

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Into the Hoods the award-winning smash hit hip hop musical comes to Southbank Centre this Christmas. To get you in the mood we’ve posted a set of photos from the production up on our Flickr channel. Continue reading

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company – Bruise Blood & Faultline preview

Get to know… Scanner

British artist Robin Rimbaud, better know as Scanner, is an experimental music artist who has collaborated with a wide range of artists including Radiohead, Bryan Ferry, Merce Cunningham, Michael Nyman and Derek Jarman. He wrote the score for Sobhana Jeyasingh’s Faultline, which will be performed on 21 & 22 October at Queen Elizabeth Hall. You can find out more about him on his website.

What do you fear the most?
Fear is a darkroom where negatives develop so I try to remain outside in the light, but having said that I’m rather afraid of hitting ‘Get Mail’ one day and nothing arrives.

Which mobile number do you call the most?
My own, to ensure that it’s still working. 

What – or where – is perfection?
In the poetry of Robert Lowell, the films of Tarkovsky, the paintings of Pieter Bruegel the Elder, the music of Arvo Part, the ideas of Marcel Duchamp and John Cage, and all memories of my late grandfather.

Who is your favourite hero from fiction – and why?
Luke Jackson in Cool Hand Luke, played by Paul Newman, as he refuses to submit to the system, his unquenchable spirit and unforgettable smile. 

What’s your favourite ritual?
Thoroughly cleaning my nails every day, at every private opportunity. 

Which living person do you most admire – and why?
On a personal level my mother for battling through extreme hardship with good humour and her head held high, whilst on a public level Bob Dylan for continuing to bang his head against a wall in the face of all adversity.

What other talent or skill would you like to possess?
To possess fluidity with other languages and a memory to store them all.

What’s your favourite website?
www.ubu.com

If you could programme your ideal Southbank Centre show, which artists (living or dead) would you bring together?
Nick Drake performing with Max Richter, orchestrated by Alfred Schnittke, directed by Robert Lepage. 

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Woody Allen suggested that life is divided into the horrible and the miserable but I’ve learnt to remain optimistic in the face of many battles.

What is the most played piece of music on your MP3 player or in your CD collection?
Faure’s Requiem.

Tell us about a special memory you have of Southbank Centre?
Oh countless memories. I remember bewildering security officials at my first Purcell Room show in 1995 when I playfully suggested I would be fire-eating and using dancing girls covered in lighter fluid on stage, dancing on the roof of QEH with Wolfgang Tillmans to a Richie Hawtin DJ set, discovering Sigur Ros as part of the bill on the Festival of Drifting, and performing with Laurie Anderson and 100 violinists on stage at the RFH in Meltdown.

National Dance Company Wales – Lunatic

Choreography: Nigel Charnock. Don’t miss the full piece on Friday 6 November at Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Get to know… Yamuna Devi

Yamuni Devi is a dancer with Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company. The company will perform at Southbank Centre on Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 October.

What do you fear the most?
Heights

Which mobile number do you call the most?
My boyfriend’s

What – or where – is perfection?
Perfection is in the eye of the beholder.

Who is your favourite hero from fiction and why?
Xena warrior princess as she is powerful and strong yet still graceful and beautiful.

What’s your favourite ritual?
Putting on my indian classical outfit and jewellery and then praying to mother earth for guidance and respect.

Which living person do you most admire – and why?
My guru who guides me and reflects my emotions to bring them to a state where I can be aware of them and change them if necessary.

What other talent or skill would you like to possess?
Being able to use silks to be upside down in a flowing sequences of powerful acrobatics movements.

What’s your favourite website?
Acroyoga.org

If you could programme your ideal Southbank Centre show, which artists (living or dead) would you bring together?
Bob Marley and Michael Jackson

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
To constantly evolve and to love yourself deeply so that you can love others.

What is the most played piece of music on your MP3 player or in your CD collection?
Niraj Chag Bangles and Miguel Marin.

Tell us about a special memory you have of Southbank Centre?
Performing my own work in the Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall and getting a standing ovation.

Get to know… Andonis Foniadakis

Andonis Foniadakis is a Greek choreographer and dancer, whose latest piece, Veil of Stars, will be performed by National Dance Company Wales at Southbank Centre on Friday 6 November.

As a dancer with Bejart Ballet Lausanne, Lyon Opera Ballet and Saburo Teshiwagara/Karas Co. Andonis Foniadakis has performed in works by leading choreographers including Jiri Kylian, Maguy Marin, William Forsythe and Mats Ek. As a freelance choreographer, he has created works for Geneva Ballet, Lyon Opera Ballet, Benjamin Millepied’s Dance Company and many more dance companies around the world.

Here he answers our questions rather sparely, but you can find out more about him on his photo-blog (again, not many words!) and website.

 

What do you fear the most?
Captivity Jealousy Uninspired

What – or where – is perfection?
Unaware beauty.

Who is your favourite hero from fiction – and why?
The Invisible Man: a living ghost in a real world.

What other talent or skill would you like to possess?
Talk as many languages as possible

What’s your favourite website?
Youtube

If you could programme your ideal Southbank Centre show, which artists (living or dead) would you bring together?
David Lynch and Maria Callas

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Freedome is the first step to self-fulfilment

What is the most played piece of music on your MP3 player or in your CD collection?
Folha Morta by Gal Costa